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Zenit reach new heights

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 19.30CET
FC Encamp Dicoansa 0-5 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Russian side on verge of first round place.
Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 19.30CET

Zenit reach new heights

FC Encamp Dicoansa 0-5 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Russian side on verge of first round place.

FC Encamp Dicoansa 0-5 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit effectively sealed a UEFA Cup first-round berth after thrashing Encamp in Andorra tonight.

Uphill task
Two goals from Andrei Arshavin gave Zenit a comfortable lead before Aleksandr Spivak, Dmitri Makarov and Sergei Osipov made it an almost impossible task for Encamp in the return leg at the Petrovsky stadium in two weeks' time.

Early opener
Zenit took a threadbare squad of just 14 players to Andorra after being hit by a series of injuries to key players, but they put that behind them with an excellent start to this match. In the second minute, Arshavin fired them into the lead after an incisive pass from Makarov. Yet, to the Andorrans' immense credit, they battled hard and held Zenit at bay for the remainder of the first half.

Resistance overcome
The Russians moved 2-0 up six minutes after the break when Arshavin netted his second of the match and Spivak then extended the lead when he converted a penalty after he had been fouled in the box. Zenit continued to press and Makarov hit the fourth in the 64th minute after a Boris Gorovoy cross, with Osipov capping the five-star display 19 minutes from time.

Zenit coach happy with second half
Zenit coach Mikhail Birioukov blamed complacency for his side's poor first half, and praised the attacking appraoch of Encamp. He said: “We did play too well in the first half. In the second half we were more efficient and managed to convert the chances we created to add four goals to the scoresheet. In the second half, all my players performed better and passed the ball much quicker. After having scored in the second minute of play, my players probably thought it would be all easy, and that probably explains why we had so many problems in the first part of the match.

Attacking approach
“We didn’t know that much about Encamp prior to this match," he added, "and I was honestly surprised to see them play so offensively. I would have expected to see them playing more defendsive.”

Fitness a factor - Encamp coach
Vitor Domingos Dos Santos singled out Zenit's superior fitness as being decisive: “We played quite well as long as we could cope physically with our opponents. However, as soon as my players started to lose their strengths they overran us. When your rival doesn’t allow you to play and you are physically inferior, it becomes impossible for you to create any serious danger and that is what happened to us".

Pride in players
He added: "However, I am still very proud of my players. They fought throughout the entire match and gave everything. In the first half we were able to keep with their pace and limit the score to a 1-0 deficit. In the second half, once we started to get tired, we got into trouble. The early goal after only two minutes certainly killed us a bit. In two weeks time in St. Petersburg we will try again to attack as much as we can and not just sit back and defend.”

Last updated: 15/08/02 21.31CET

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Lineups

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Encamp

zenit

Zenit

1
Ricardo FernándezRicardo Fernández (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
3
XarpellGuillem Xarpell
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan
4
Hidalgo ParradoJuan Hidalgo Parrado (C)
Substitution70
6
SpivakOlexandr Spivak (C)
Goal60
Substitution73
5
CunhaJosé Cunha
7
OsipovSergei Osipov
Goal75
6
XinosChristian Xinos
8
VješticaMilan Vještica
Substitution46
8
FlavioPimentel Flavio
Substitution63
15
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Goal3
Goal52
9
RomeroAlejandro Romero
18
FilatovValentin Filatov
10
GoldschmidtEmanuel Goldschmidt
Substitution27
22
ZvetkovValery Zvetkov
11
Leonardo Miraglia Leo
24
GorovoiBoris Gorovoi
14
Ara GiráldezJulián Ara Giráldez
26
MakarovDmitri Makarov
Goal65
22
NastriDiego Nastri
45
KonoplevKonstantin Konoplev

Substitutes

19
Pereira De GouveiaArmindo Pereira De Gouveia (GK)
28
LossevSerguei Lossev (GK)
7
MarioPimentel Mario
Substitution27
10
MudrinićVladimir Mudrinić
Substitution73
12
Martins Dos SantosVladimir Martins Dos Santos
Substitution63
47
MiceikaDarius Miceika
Substitution46
18
SauraJérôme Saura
Substitution70
2
CalzadoJuan Carlos Calzado
15
Antero Dos SantosIvo Antero Dos Santos
16
MartinsJorge Artur Martins

Coach

Vitor Manuel Domingos Dos Santos (POR) Mikhail Biryukov (RUS)

Referee

Ceri Richards (WAL)

Assistant referees

Michael Jones (WAL), Maldwyn Williams (WAL)

Fourth official

Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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